We’ve arrived, but we still have ground to cover. It seems contradictory, but Christians experience this blessed spiritual state.
Finally therefore, brothers, we ask you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus that, just as you have received from us how it is necessary for you to live and to please God, just as indeed you are living, that you progress even more.
1 Thessalonians 4.1 NET Continue reading
Theologians create much mystery about the concept of the divine election of Christians. But in the New Testament, the concept isn’t speculation, but evidence. Here’s what Paul saw as he concluded about the Thessalonians’ election: Continue reading
We don’t have to guess, the Lord tells us how to live (walk) so as to please him. Hear Paul in 1 Thess. 4:1:
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. (NASB)
First, the obligatory nature of the walk: must. This is the divine necessity, the same word as when Jesus said it was necessary that he go to Jerusalem and die. That’s why Paul talks about the commandments they had given the Thessalonians in v. 2. The whole language of punishment and rejection is present to say that these aren’t optional matters (verses 6, 8). Continue reading